Long line into Bali

This item appears on page 15 of the August 2010 issue.

When my friend and I landed at the airport in Bali, Indonesia, on April 29, 2010, it was 12:15 a.m. and the temperature was about 90°F with very high humidity. The wait to get through Immigration was in excess of two hours, and there was no air-conditioning, nowhere to sit and no way to get a bottle of water.

These conditions made me sick to my stomach. I have had heat stroke before.

We spoke about this with our tour guide, hotel employees, people on our tour who had arrived on different flights and also a businessman in line behind us who goes regularly to Bali from Atlanta. They all confirmed that this wait is the norm.

If you’re traveling to Bali, be sure to have a bottle of water before deplaning… plus, if you’re the least bit infirm, some type of portable seat. One man on our tour was sick for four days!


Surprise, AZ